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How to help the environment: Turn cooking oil into renewable fuels

Zhiyao (Yao) Lu leads a USC Dornsife startup that has developed a technology designed to turn vegetable oil into renewable fuels and biodegradable plastic. Credit: Rhonda Hillberry Greenhouse gases an... read more

College lesson: Turning grease into biodiesel

"I'm really into green buildings, and it was the greenest thing I could get my hands on," said Steiner, 22, of Tulsa, Okla. Most colleges make biodiesel by chemically converting used cooking oil from ... read more

Colleges turn cooking oil into biodiesel fuel

"I'm really into green buildings, and it was the greenest thing I could get my hands on," said Steiner, 22, of Tulsa, Okla. Most colleges make bio-diesel by chemically converting used cooking oil from ... read more

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McDonald’s UAE Gives Cooking Oil 2nd Life as Biodiesel

Used vegetable oil is collected from McDonald’s outlets across the UAE and converted into 100 percent biodiesel by McDonald’s cleantech partner, Neutral Fuels ... a renewable transport fuel option tha... read more


The only 25 things you should buy at Whole Foods — and 25 things to avoid at all costs

"If you want to make it a robust salad stuffed with veggies other than lettuce, you'll pay a pretty penny — about $8 to $9 per pound, which can easily turn a salad that costs you $5 to make at home in... read more

As L.A. soaks, USC Village puts stormwater collection system to use

Zhiyao (Yao) Lu leads a USC startup that has developed a technology designed to turn vegetable oil into renewable fuels and biodegradable plastic. (Photo/Rhonda Hillberry) How to help the environment: ... read more

At Rio+20, the biofuels industry takes a turn in the spotlight

The used cooking oil-based fuel was supplied by SkyNRG ... is made using modified microorganisms that function as living factories, converting sugar into pure renewable hydrocarbon. Such a process res... read more

15 Things You Can Do to Help Keep Oceans Clean

And here are 15 ways you can help. 1. EDUCATE YOURSELF. iStock It's hard to clean up the ocean without knowing why and how it gets polluted in the first place. So the first step is to get informed. Go ... read more

How Plant-microbial Fuel Cells Work

Plants convert sunlight into ... and vegetable oil [source: The New York Times]. Unfortunately, petroleum is as packed with environmental and security problems as it is energy, and first-generation bi... read more

New Tech Could Turn Algae Into the Climate’s Slimy Savior

After three years, crude oil prices tanked ... and then recycled back into the ponds. Dave Hazlebeck believes in the power of technology to help the fledgling algae industry reach its full planet-savi... read more

Anything Into Oil

According to Appel, waste goes in one end and comes out the other as three products, all valuable and environmentally benign: high-quality oil, clean-burning gas, and purified minerals that can be use... read more

How to help the environment: Turn cooking oil into renewable fuels

Zhiyao (Yao) Lu leads a USC startup that has developed a technology designed to turn vegetable oil into renewable fuels and biodegradable plastic. (Photo/Rhonda Hillberry) Greenhouse gases and plastic ... read more



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